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Thomas Sandby

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sandby was a self-taught draftsman who, with his brother Paul took up positions in the military drawing department at the Tower of London. Thomas was sent first to the Battle of Dettingen and then to Culloden as draughtsman to the Duke of Cumberland. In 1747, under the Duke, he was appointed Deputy Ranger of Windsor Great Park to which he devoted considerable energy in improvements. He was also involved in the London art world and with his brother he was one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    89.5 x 69.9 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Walter Arnold Sandby, 1904


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